A week is a long time in Politics
A massive referendum, a new Prime Minister, MPs resigning, being sacked, and even coming back again; the changes seem to be endless.
Yesterday however Elmhurst were pleased to see some decorum of progress in that new ministers were announced for Theresa May’s new Cabinet.
Those that most directly affect Elmhurst and our members are outlined below.
The main change has involved the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which has been merged with the Business Department. EPCs remain owned by Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) who are still there and have a new minister.
Business and Energy Secretary- Greg Clark
Greg Clark is secretary of a newly created ministry of business, energy and industrial strategy made a statement yesterday:
“I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.”
Elmhurst are pleased that he has already committed to affordable, clean energy and talking climate change means he appears to be taking over the remit of DECC in its entirety.
“Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said Mr Clark’s move was “an excellent appointment”, saying he “understands climate change, and has written influential papers on the benefits of Britain developing a low-carbon economy”.(source: BBC News)
Some green groups and experts have been less than happy about the merging of DECC into the business department, but other including Lord Stern, a leading climate economist, said he was fine with the change, and WWF said the department could be a “real powerhouse for change” if climate change “was hardwired” into it. (source: the guardian)
Communities Secretary – Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid has effectively moved across the road to the Department for Communities and Local Government from Business. In fact Greg Clark has swapped with him as he was until yesterday in charge at DCLG.
We welcome working with both Greg Clark and Sajid Javid and continuing with the civil servants within their respective departments.
Clearly it is too early to see which direction Government Policy will now go, but the work starts to ensure that energy efficiency is a fundamental part of policy for years to come. Buildings continue to emit a third of our emissions and fuel poverty continues to blight our nation. Squaring the triangle of creating more clean power, reducing bills and reducing demand, continues to be a massive challenge and we will do what we can to support our Industry moving forward.
Stuart Fairlie – Head of Technical, Elmhurst Energy